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WMU joins 350 other schools in recycling competition

Jan. 22, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University is participating in RecycleMania 2010, a nationwide recycling competition among more than 350 colleges and universities.

The 10-week competition runs through March 27, with the goal of increasing awareness of and participation in campus recycling and waste reduction programs.

"Recycling and waste reduction are critical to sustainability," says WMU President John M. Dunn, "and sustainability is an essential element as we plan for the future of our University. Given the prospects for the economy and our budget, wise use of our resources is both socially responsible and vital to our future."

WMU participates in three of five concurrent RecycleMania competitions.

  • Per Capita Classic--the original competition--measures total materials recycled per person.

  • Waste Minimization measures the total amount of waste, including recycled material, per person. WMU was 21st out of 148 schools in 2009 in lowest amount of waste per person.

  • Grand Champion ranks schools factoring both recycling and waste reduction.

RecycleMania began in 2001 as a competition between Miami and Ohio universities to improve recycling in their residence and dining halls. By 2003, when WMU residence halls joined the competition, there were eight participating schools.

WMU's rating has been based on recycling and waste reduction efforts across the entire campus since 2006. That year, the competition went national and expanded to 93 colleges and universities, including Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan.

In addition to 352 colleges in the competition, another 162 are participating--but not competing--by providing data about recycling on their campuses.

Michigan Schools in the 2010 Competition

  • Albion College
  • Aquinas College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • Western Michigan University

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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